Health workers should be given priority access to fuel in UK, says senior doctor
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:37:58 GMT
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Dr Chaand Nagpaul tells No 10 there is areal riska NHS staff will not be able to do their jobs as pumps run dry

No 10 is facing calls to give ambulance drivers, healthcare staff and other essential workers priority access to fuel after panic buying caused shortages across the UK.

With ministers due to meet on Monday afternoon to discuss the growing crisis, the British Medical Association (BMA) called for emergency measures to let medical staff fill up, warning that as pumps run dry athere is a real risk that NHS staff wonat be able to do their jobsa.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the chair of council at the BMA, said: aEmergency and essential workers rely on fuel both to travel to work and for their work itself a whether this is to get to hospitals, practices and other healthcare settings, or for ambulances to reach people in urgent need of care and GPs to visit very ill patients at home.

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Germany: SPD intends to form coalition with Greens and liberals
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:51:57 GMT
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Centre-left contender to replace Angela Merkel announces plan for asocial-ecological-liberala alliance

The centre-left contender to fill Angela Merkelas shoes has announced his intention to forge a asocial-ecological-liberal coalitiona following Sundayas knife-edge German national vote, as momentum slips from the outgoing chancelloras own designated successor.

Related: Germany election: what happens next as parties vie to form government

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Labour conference live: delegates vote to declare Aukus deal threat to world peace a despite Starmer welcoming it
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:46:15 GMT
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Labour delegates vote to declare Aukus deal adangerousa even though Sir Keir Starmer told MPs the party welcomed it earlier this month

Keir Starmer has welcomed Dame Louise Ellmanas return to Labour. (See 3.36pm.) In a statement he said:

Louise Ellman rejoining our party is a poignant moment.

Her courage and dignity in standing up against appalling abuse is testament to her Labour values.

Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, told the conference earlier that Boris Johnsonas government is aincompetent to its corea. He said:

Everything that Labour has achieved in Wales, across England and Scotland has been achieved in the teeth of one of the most awful UK governments we have ever seen.

Incompetent to its core, automatically hostile to anyone who does not share its viscerally reactionary instincts, at home or abroad.

Just imagine what we could do if we had a UK Labour government committed to renewing and rebuilding the United Kingdom so that it genuinely works for everyone.

A new relationship built around mutual respect, proper participation, one that recognises devolution is the UKas greatest strength, not its greatest mistake, that the radical redirection of power to local places is the way we keep the United Kingdom together, together by consent.

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Lubaina Himid: Tories should not meddle with museum boards
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:24:13 GMT
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Turner prize-winning artist says independent thought and debate is vital at cultural institutions

The Turner prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid has cautioned the government against meddling in the membership of museum and gallery boards, saying independent thought and debate was vital.

Himid was at 11 Downing Street to be named as the latest artist to be commissioned by the Government Art Collection to make prints that will hang on the walls of British diplomatic buildings around the world.

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Earthquake strikes Crete, killing man and damaging buildings
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:59:30 GMT
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Residents sent fleeing into the streets and schools evacuated from quake on Greek island

The Greek island of Crete has been hit by an earthquake, killing one man and injuring 20, while damaging homes and churches and causing rock slides near the countryas fourth-largest city.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8, sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion, and schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks described by witnesses as feeling like small explosions rattled the area, adding to damage in villages near the centre of the quake.

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Students in England irate over reports of early loans repayment
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:57:40 GMT
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Move would save Treasury as much as APS2bn a year but would hit lower earners hardest

Students in England have reacted with anger to reports that the government is planning to make them start paying back their loans earlier in their careers when salaries are lower, as part of an overhaul of student financing designed to save the Treasury money.

According to a report in the Financial Times, ministers are considering cutting the threshold at which graduates begin to repay their tuition and maintenance loans from APS27,295 a the current point at which repayments begin a to as low as APS23,000.

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MP accused of making acid threat to friend of her partner, court hears
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:24:10 GMT
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Claudia Webbe, who has had the Labour whip withdrawn, denies harassment charges

An MP has been accused of threatening to use acid against a woman she believed to be in a relationship with her partner, a court has heard.

Claudia Webbe, 56, allegedly became aobsesseda with Michelle Merritt due to her friendship with the Leicester East MPas partner, Lester Thomas.

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Facebook pauses work on Instagram Kids after teen mental health concerns
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:26:10 GMT
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Move follows WSJ revelations that Facebook-commissioned research showed Instagram could affect girlsa mental health

Facebook has halted work on its Instagram Kids project after revelations about the photo-sharing appas impact on teen mental health.

Instagram said it was apausinga work to address concerns raised by parents, experts and regulators. The move follows revelations in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Facebook had commissioned research showing Instagram could affect girlsa mental health on issues such as body image and self-esteem.

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French police face action over failures in case of woman burned to death by husband
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:49:09 GMT
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Chahinez Boutaa killed months after telling police her estranged husband had ambushed and beaten her

French police officers are facing disciplinary action over the death of a woman who was shot and burned alive in the street by her estranged husband, weeks after she told police she feared for her life.

Mounir Boutaa allegedly shot his wife, Chahinez, at least twice in the legs yards from her home on the outskirts of Bordeaux in broad daylight in May, before soaking her with petrol and setting light to her as she lay injured on the ground.

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Dutch PM given extra security amid fears of drug gang attack
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:32:00 GMT
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aSpottersa were seen scoping out movements of Mark Rutte, who cycles to work in The Hague

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, who cycles to work in The Hague, has reportedly been given extra personal security in response to raised fears of a kidnapping or attack by organised crime.

The decision was made after aspottersa were seen scoping out Rutteas movements, raising concerns about a possible move by one of the countryas drug gangs.

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Marvel sues to retain control of Avengers characters
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:40:42 GMT
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The comics giant has issued lawsuits in a bid to hold on to the copyright of heroes including Spider-Man and Iron Man

Marvel has filed a series of lawsuits in a bid to retain full control of characters including Spider-Man and Iron Man.

The complaints, which were obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, came after the estate of the late comic book artist Steve Ditko filed a notice of termination with the US Copyright Office for the copyright of Spider-Man and Dr Strange. Both are currently held by Marvel Entertainment, but the estate of Ditko, who co-created both characters with the late Stan Lee, is looking to terminate the grant of copyright to Marvel by June 2023 through a clause in US copyright law.

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Race to the bottom: the disastrous blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:59:25 GMT
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One of the largest mining operations ever seen on Earth aims to despoil an ocean we are only barely beginning to understand

A short bureaucratic note from a brutally degraded microstate in the South Pacific to a little-known institution in the Caribbean is about to change the world. Few people are aware of its potential consequences, but the impacts are certain to be far-reaching. The only question is whether that change will be to the detriment of the global environment or the benefit of international governance.

In late June, the island republic of Nauru informed the International Seabed Authority (ISA) based in Kingston, Jamaica of its intention to start mining the seabed in two yearsa time via a subsidiary of a Canadian firm, The Metals Company (TMC, until recently known as DeepGreen). Innocuous as it sounds, this note was a starting gun for a resource race on the planetas last vast frontier: the abyssal plains that stretch between continental shelves deep below the oceans.

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aShe went her own waya: the tragic and unusual life of folk singer Karen Dalton
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:54:00 GMT
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In a new documentary, the underrated singeras life of depression, addiction and poverty is told while her incredible talents are celebrated

The outlines of the life led by singer Karen Dalton tell a heartbreaking tale. It was one scarred by consistent poverty, intermittent homelessness, bouts of depression and escalating alcohol and drug addiction, culminating in her death from Aids at 55. Yet, to Robert Yapkowitz, who co-directed a new documentary with Richard Peete titled Karen Dalton: In My Own Time, athereas an inspirational element to her story. Karen was an artist who didnat compromise. She made music that she was proud of with the people she loved. And that was the focus of her life.a

Related: Beatles on the brink: the truth about the Fab Fouras final days

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How awonder materiala graphene became a national security concern
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:16:44 GMT
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UK and China are racing to develop forms of super-strong technology a with potential aerospace and weaponry uses

A large shed on an unassuming industrial estate beside Swanseaas River Tawe does not at first glance seem vital to the UKas national security. The facility, run by a small company called Perpetuus , sits beside a mortuary and a parcel depot.

Earlier this month, the company, which makes graphene a a awonder materiala made of a single layer of carbon atoms a grabbed the attention of the government, which said it would investigate a possible takeover involving a Chinese academic, in a highly unusual move that startled industry observers.

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aThey changed my ending, I felt aghasta: how we made Wicked
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:26:54 GMT
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aI once performed Defying Gravity at the White House within spitting distance of the Obamas,a says Idina Menzel. aIn fact, I might actually have spat on thema

Iad played with the story of The Wizard of Oz since my childhood in the US when I would arrange theatrical events in our back yard. I was the impresario. My brothers, sisters and friends were assigned roles and wead have The Wicked Witch of the West fall in love with Captain Hook.

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Screen time: are Harry and Meghan right to limit it to just 20 minutes?
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:49:14 GMT
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are advising visitors to their Archewell website to take regular screen breaks. How does this approach line up with the evidence?

Name: Screen time.

Age: Itas less about how old, more about how long.

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Vendetta: Netflixas chilling mafia show is The Sopranos meets Tiger King
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:22:16 GMT
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Fifteen years in the making, this is the true-crime tale of the tiny Sicilian TV station that took on the mob a and even when the death threats were constant, they stayed on air

Whether deliberate or not, the release of new Netflix series Vendetta: Truth, Lies and the Mafia very neatly coincides with that of the Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark. But while the latter is an offshoot of a TV show that went out of its way to deglamorise the mob, compared with this new documentary it stinks of Hollywood artifice. Indeed, there is a bracing lack of romance here; rather, it is a slow procession of old, tired men and women smoking indoors, worn down by the relentlessness of it all.

Vendetta tells the story of Telejato, a tiny, local Sicilian television station that made its name with a virulently anti-mafia stance. Fronted by Pino Maniaci a a small, chainsmoking man with a moustache so huge it makes him look like a Pixar character a Telejato news bulletins often took to calling out specific members of the mob directly. It wasnat entirely unexpected to see Maniaci spit: aYou pieces of shit,a while jabbing his finger at the camera, which you have to admit isnat something you would expect from Huw Edwards.

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Planting a vision: why the secret to rewilding success is about people, not trees
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:01:38 GMT
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How do you persuade farmers and the local community to join one of Scotlandas biggest land restoration projects? Call in a psychologist

A hunter, conservationist and psychologist are working on a rewilding project. It sounds like the start of a joke, though the antics of this unlikely trio have not ended in a punchline but one of the UKas largest land restoration projects.

They have been collaborating on the Affric Highlands scheme, which covers an array of woodlands, peatlands, montane, river and coastal habitats between the west coast of Scotland and Loch Ness. The aim of the project, announced this week, is to rewild half a million acres (200,000 hectares) of land a by rewilding the people who live in it.

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From minimalist to menocore! The 21 biggest style tribes of 2021
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:02:44 GMT
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Canat tell your angelcore from your mermaidcore? Struggling with the very concept of pastel goths? Weare here to help

Once upon a time, fashion subcultures were simple: you could see skaters, ravers and goths all milling around your local branch of Woolworths of a Saturday afternoon. But now the style tribes have moved online, and are more likely to be dressing up for TikTok and Instagram than the shops.

There has also been a bigger change: a splintering and multiplying, with fantasy and dress-up coming to the fore. It used to be easy to recognise a punk, for example, but now there are forestpunks, icepunks and even lunarpunks. If all this has your head spinning, let us cut through the confusion.

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Covid live news: UK records 40 more deaths and 37,960 new cases; Japan to lift state of emergency
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:12:27 GMT
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UK records 40 coronavirus-linked deaths in the past 24 hours; Japan to lift Covid state of emergency in all regions at the end of September

Meanwhile, Italy has reported 45 more coronavirus-related deaths on Monday compared to 44 the day before, its health ministry said.

It comes as the countryas daily tally of new infections fell to 1,772 from 3,099, Reuters reported.

The UK has recorded a further 40 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the latest government data.

It marks a decrease in the daily deaths figure, after 58 deaths were reported on Sunday. However, 37,960 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours a up from 32,417 on Sunday.

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aItas awkwarda: how UK workers hired remotely feel returning to the office
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:11:57 GMT
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For some, finally meeting their colleagues face-to-face has come with a few nasty surprises

Alexandra was delighted when she landed a new job in the midst of the pandemic. The 55-year-old felt she had bonded with her new colleagues online and looked forward to meeting them face-to-face once the lockdown was over.

But when she finally went into the office, she had a nasty realisation. aI strongly suspect that they would not have hired me, had they met me in person during the interview process,a she said.

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Antibodies in breast milk remain for 10 months after Covid infection a study
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 05:00:31 GMT
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Exclusive: Researchers believe such antibodies could be used to treat people with severe coronavirus

Breastfeeding women who have been infected with Covid-19 continue to secrete virus-neutralising antibodies into their milk for up to 10 months, data suggests.

Besides emphasising the important role breastfeeding could play in helping to protect infants from the disease, researchers believe that such antibodies could be used to treat people with severe Covid-19, preventing their condition from getting worse.

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How the US vaccine effort derailed and why we shouldnat be surprised
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:00:33 GMT
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Low vaccine rates may be the predictable outcome subject to entrenched social forces that have diminished American health and life expectancy since the 1980s, health researchers say

Dr Claudia Feganas patient was a congenial, articulate and unvaccinated 27-year-old deli worker who contracted Covid-19 and became so ill he required at-home oxygen treatments.

Now recuperating, he told his doctor his 64-year-old boss had been vaccinated, and she too was sickened with a abreakthrougha case. However, she only had mild symptoms.

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Angela Rayner called Tory ministers ascuma a and now theyare weaponising it | Zoe Williams
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:39:57 GMT
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It is entirely un-newsworthy for people on opposing sides to dislike one another. But that doesnat stop the language of fake hurt and victimhood being ceaselessly deployed

I went to sleep thinking about Angela Rayner. (I think I even dreamed about her, but I would never burden you with that.) Multiple front pages had a picture of her at Labour conference smoking, which would be the most subversive thing about her, were it not for her calling Boris Johnson ascuma at a fringe meeting.

So many conversations have ricocheted off her speech: is ascuma the authentic language of the British working class, or is that insulting to working-class people? (A side question: I would always say ascumbaga, which is much more affectionate, but why? It is merely a bag full of scum. Talking specifically about Johnson, on the other hand, I would be much more likely to reach for a swear word than, you know, a real insult.)

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Care homes are desperately short of staff - why no emergency UK visas for them? | Simon Jenkins
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:00:39 GMT
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As the government hastily arranges visas for truck drivers, its lack of regard for the care sector crisis is clear

Despite all the panic in government and at the petrol station forecourt, there is another urgent question: what about the care homes? The government is hastily attempting to give three-month visas to 5,000 foreign truck drivers to asave Christmasa. It is also allowing 5,000 visas for farm workers to gather in the winter harvest. But, in the face of widespread personnel shortages, the care home sector is to get no relief at all.

There are already 100,000 staff vacancies in the care home sector, yet all the health ministry can say is that there will aalways be enough staff with the right skills to deliver high quality carea. This is state-sponsored employment chaos.

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The UK's petrol crisis is just a taste of a more jittery, uncertain future | Gaby Hinsliff
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:00:39 GMT
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The shortage of tanker drivers has sparked a run on the pumps a and the only question now is what weall run out of next

On Saturday, a friend who spends most weekends trekking halfway across the country to check up on her increasingly frail parents spent an anxious morning scouring empty garages for petrol. She canat have been alone.

The strains of a weekendas stockpiling are starting to show: some teachers canat fill up to get to school, nurses are reduced to cadging lifts to hospital, and care workers who rely on their cars to reach vulnerable people in isolated areas are struggling. And then there are the purely human dilemmas. Imagine being heavily pregnant, bag all packed for the labour ward, and the fuel light is flashing.

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The message from Israel is clear: Covid booster shots should be standard | David OaConnor
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:47:38 GMT
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A third dose of the vaccine provides significant protection, but that should not mean those who are unvaccinated go without

  • David OaConnor is professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Wisconsin

In the summer, Israel began offering third doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to the over-60s. It was the first country to start administering abooster shotsa, to people vaccinated at least five months previously. The prime minister, Naftali Bennett, announced the decision after a study by Leumit Health Services, an Israeli healthcare provider, showed that those over the age of 60 who had been vaccinated more than five months previously were three times more likely to be infected than those vaccinated more recently. As of 29 August, Israel began offering a third dose to everyone aged 12 and older, who had waited this period of time. The question for other countries is now whether to follow Israelas lead.

The first data evaluating the early impact of the third dose programme were published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). It showed that two weeks after more than 1.1 million over-60s had received their third dose, they were 11.3 times less likely to become infected with the exceptionally contagious Delta variant that currently predominates in Israel and across the world.

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Europe is losing its moral compass a how will it find its way without Merkel? | Marion Van Renterghem
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:00:38 GMT
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The pragmatic chancelloras departure will be a turning point not only for Germany but also the EU

During a farewell tour of European heads of state and government this summer, Angela Merkel went to see the Queen. The few filmed minutes of her arrival in Windsor are irresistible. On one side, the Queen in a green floral dress, her smile controlled by centuries of code and tradition. On the other, a shy-seeming woman in trousers and purple jacket, nodding her head too many times, trying to observe the correct rituals for greeting a monarch. Elizabeth and Angela: two opposite worlds, two entirely different functions, and yet, similarities. Those boring speeches no one dares to make any more. That style, that calm, that stability and that way of embodying their countries.

Merkel now embodies more than Germany; she embodies Europe. Sheas a pop icon, who has entered our consciousness like a song. Mugs, T-shirts and even lemon squeezers are sold in her image. But her rise and longevity remain a mystery. How could this woman, so strangely indifferent to the trappings of power, take over a party held for half a century by conservative males, and then be elected four times in a row to lead one of the worldas great powers? How did she become such a role model that a schoolboy once asked her in all innocence: aCan a boy also become chancellor?a

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Badenoch's empire comments speak to the enduring mentality of colonialism | Nesrine Malik
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:00:33 GMT
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The equalities minister says she doesnat care about Britainas imperial impact. Itas a sign of how deep-rooted the legacy is

In every single country that was ever under British rule, you will find a significant number of people who praise colonialism or claim they would willingly welcome back the British. Itas a sort of meme a half joke, half genuine frustration over political or economic instability.

Sometimes these laments are wistful longings for things that never really happened, such as the trains running on time, or lost status from a period when apeople knew their placea. But they are almost always issued by those who have internalised the logic of empire itself a which is that it was, overall, an improving mission, albeit with a small number of unsavoury excesses.

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The trillions in our pension pots could be key to tackling the climate crisis | Richard Curtis
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 08:00:35 GMT
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Ahead of Cop26, the UK could take the lead in diverting investments away from carbon emitters

  • Richard Curtis is a filmmaker and activist

Someone said something really striking to me the other day a that weather used to be the last thing on the news, but now itas the first. And itas not good news. Fire, floods, drought a climate change in terrible and obvious action. It made me think of something Iave been increasingly obsessed by a unexpectedly a which is pensions. Pensions used to be the last thing on our minds, certainly not something to talk about at lunch, but to help tackle the climate crisis, they actually should now be the first.

With delegates from across the world gathering in Glasgow this November for Cop26 a the most important climate negotiations for a generation a pensions should be right at the heart of the conversation. They can be a huge and radical agent for change: a powerful weapon in our armoury for the battle against the climate crisis.

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My father was brutally killed by the Taliban. The US ignored his pleas for help | Muska Najibullah
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 01:00:26 GMT
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I am the daughter of a former Afghan president. I am sharing my story for the first time because I see history repeating itself

  • Muska Najibullah is an Afghan-born writer, visual storyteller and activist

The night of 27 September 1996 was always going to be a long one. I was awake studying for midterm exams when my mother, calm but uneasy, heard the news that my father had been taken out of the United Nations compound in Kabul.

I was ecstatic at first. My father, Najibullah, the former president of Afghanistan, would finally be reunited with his family. He, along with my uncle, had been living in the UN compound since 16 April 1992, when forces within his government had defected. His resignation and departure was part of a UN plan, intended to end the civil war and clear the way for a peaceful coalition government. But the resulting power vacuum quickly sucked Afghanistan into a vortex of anarchy.

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Barcelona rediscover Ansu Fati a and hope a when they most need to | Sid Lowe
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:03:40 GMT
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The club needed some light and the 18-year-oldas goal 323 days after suffering a knee injury provided plenty of it

Hope appeared on a Sunday afternoon, light let in at last. Just that smile would have been enough, the look of this kid stepping back on to the pitch 323 days later, taking it all in like it was the first time; the look of every kid everywhere stepping into a football stadium for the first time, overwhelmed yet inspired, at once tiny and huge.

Ansu Fati though doesnat do enough and doesnat do waiting, so there was more. The youngest player ever to score for Barcelona and for Spain, the boy who found the net 111 seconds into his first Camp Nou start, finally headed back out there on the day he said was like a debut and by the time he came off again he had another goal.

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Womenas Super League: talking points from the weekendas action
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:53:32 GMT
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Are Manchester United being left behind? Eidevallas plans pay off for Arsenal while Brightonas brief tenure at the top is over

Manchester Unitedas 6-1 home defeat to Chelsea was a stark reminder that there is no scope to coast for clubs in the Womenas Super League. United landed on the scene with big promises and big ambitions in 2018, they launched with a statement and no-nonsense manager in Casey Stoney and last year recruited the services of US forwards Christen Press and Tobin Heath to aid the teamas bid to break the stranglehold of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. Stoney is gone, frustrated by United talking the talk more than they walked the walk when it came to facilities and support, Heath and Press have left without like-for-like quality or numbers replacing them, and, ultimately, United have stood still. Victories over Reading and Leicester under new manager Marc Skinner masked the cracks that Chelsea blew apart and with teams around United having upped their investments and recruited with intent, the clubas more frugal approach could see them left behind. Suzanne Wrack

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The Fiver | Crystal Palace v Brighton: arguably the Premier Leagueas weirdest rivalry
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:05:49 GMT
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One of those long-running feuds that goes back so long that few (least of all the warring factions so heavily invested in it) can quite remember what prompted it in the first place, Crystal Palace and Brighton resume hostilities on Monday night in what is arguably the Premier Leagueas weirdest derby. A quick recap: having endured a somewhat pr1ckly relationship during their playing days at Tottenham, Terry Venables and Alan Mullery were appointed managers of third division clubs Palace and Brighton respectively, within a month of each other in 1976. The sides would go on to meet five times that season, tensions simmering on each occasion before reaching a quite literally a boiling point after the fourth encounter when a Palace fan threw a cup of coffee over Mullery.

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Football clubs need to remember that they are playing with peopleas lives | Josh Gowling
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:25:01 GMT
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Administration can strike at the very heart of a community, no matter what level of football it involves

When your club are on the edge of an abyss, it can shape your attitude towards football. In 2008, I was playing for Bournemouth when we started to hear things werenat right. Our wages were being paid late and rumours began flying around the place. We had a meeting with the hierarchy and our fears were confirmed: we were going into administration.

I was 24 and had just taken out a mortgage for the first time. I had to borrow money to keep up with payments, while many of my teammates had mouths to feed at home. It was a turbulent period: we had 10 points deducted and even though our squad pulled together and fought to the last we were relegated to League Two. The club was so close to going under.

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Super League still poses aexistential threata to footballas future, Uefa warns
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:36:30 GMT
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  • Clubsa court action challenging structure of game continues
  • Uefa sends warning note to all of Europeas national FAs

The European Super League still represents aan ongoing existential threat to the foundations and future of European footballa, Uefa has warned, as an aggressive court action originally brought by all 12 breakaway clubs continues to challenge its structure.

Although nine of the original 12 clubs, including the six from the Premier League, rapidly stated they had withdrawn from the project after the vilification that met its launch on 18 April, they are all still members of the Super League company that is maintaining the legal challenge. The action in a Madrid court was taken against Uefa by the 12 clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, on the day they announced their widely derided plan for a breakaway competition with themselves as permanent members, after months of secret discussions and planning.

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How Emma Raducanu prevents one mistake from leading to another | Sean Ingle
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:00:34 GMT
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New research into performance under pressure among tennis players shows the biggest names do not just rise to the occasion on the biggest points

Emma Raducanu is already proving a master of changing the narrative. At Wimbledon some questioned her temperament after she pulled out of her fourth-round match with breathing difficulties. Two months on, those critics were made to eat their words after her stunning US Open victory in the Big Apple.

She was at it again at a homecoming event at the National Tennis Centre on Friday, showing her ruthless side by revealing she had dispensed with the services of her coach in New York, Andrew Richardson. Of course, it was the right decision. Richardson was on a short-term contract and has little experience of the WTA tour. And, even at 18, Raducanu is old enough to know that fairytales can soon be shredded by the cut-throat world of professional sport.

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Talking Horses: 100th running of Arc has strong field worthy of occasion
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:16:35 GMT
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French racingas greatest showman, Christophe Soumillon, rides the favourite Tarnawa with 14 horses left in the race

The 100th running of the Prix de laArc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday looks certain to have a lineup worthy of the occasion after 14 horses were left in the race at the first forfeit stage on Monday with both of this yearas Epsom Classic winners, Adayar and Snowfall, also due to be added to the field at the supplementary stage on Wednesday.

Following news that Hurricane Lane, the St Leger winner, is expected to take his place in the field thanks to the arrival of some much-needed rain at Longchamp, we can now look forward to at least seven runners with a Timeform rating of 122 or above going to post on Sunday afternoon. That group includes Love, last yearas Oaks winner, who has more Group One wins to her name than anything in the field but is currently priced up at around 33-1, such is the quality of the opposition.

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Cop26 climate talks will not fulfil aims of Paris agreement, key players say
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 05:00:31 GMT
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Major figures privately admit summit will fail to result in pledges that could limit global heating to 1.5C

Vital United Nations climate talks, billed as one of the last chances to stave off climate breakdown, will not produce the breakthrough needed to fulfil the aspiration of the Paris agreement, key players in the talks have conceded.

The UN, the UK hosts and other major figures involved in the talks have privately admitted that the original aim of the Cop26 summit will be missed, as the pledges on greenhouse gas emissions cuts from major economies will fall short of the halving of global emissions this decade needed to limit global heating to 1.5C.

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2,444 cars a day: McDonaldas plan sparks climate row in Herefordshire
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:24:32 GMT
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Ross-on-Wye residents say council would break climate commitments by approving drive-through

They were promised a life of peace and quiet in a new-build agarden villagea on the edge of a pretty Herefordshire town with cycle routes, allotments and wildlife-friendly ponds giving the settlement an eco-friendly vibe.

But residents of St Maryas Garden Village in Ross-on-Wye are up in arms after McDonaldas put in a planning application for a 24-hour drive-through within metres of their homes that they say could lead to almost 2,500 cars a day passing close to their front doors.

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Taliban threatening Chevening scholarsa families, says MP
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:57:34 GMT
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Caroline Lucas warns five of those studying in Brighton feel desperate about relativesa safety in Afghanistan

Chevening scholars from Afghanistan are receiving threatening messages from the Taliban about what they intend to do to harm their relatives back in their place of birth, according to their local MP, Caroline Lucas.

Nine of the 35 scholars evacuated from Afghanistan were due to study at the University of Sussex in Brighton, but five of them have not been allowed to bring their families to safety with them. Foreign Office rules allowed only aimmediate familya such as spouses or dependent children under 18 on to the emergency evacuation flights.

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Home Office planned speedy removal of Vietnamese trafficking victims
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:55:47 GMT
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Documents seen by Guardian refer to fast-track system not intended to be used in trafficking cases

The Home Office detained more than 100 Vietnamese nationals who arrived on small boats in May but planned to speedily remove them from the UK despite them being potential victims of trafficking, the Guardian has learned.

In an exercise codenamed Operation Ammonite, the Home Office chartered two deportation flights to Vietnam, one in April of this year and one in July. The flights carried 27 and 21 deportees respectively. However the Home Office plan was to fill the second plane with many more Vietnamese nationals.

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Octopus secures up to $600m from investment fund set up by Al Gore
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:33:16 GMT
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Value of UK energy firm, which has taken on customers from collapsed rivals, put at $4.6bn

Octopus Energy, which has been taking on customers from collapsed rival suppliers, has secured up to $600m (APS438m) from an investment fund set up by the former US vice-president Al Gore.

Generation Investment Management (GIM), a $36bn fund manager that finances businesses focused on sustainability and tackling climate change, will take a stake of up to 13% in a deal that values Octopus at $4.6bn.

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EU lorry drivers will not help Britain ease its fuel crisis, union says
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:53:13 GMT
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Official from Dutch-based FNV criticises visa plan as adead enda due to poor working conditions

HGV drivers from the European Union will not come to the UK on short-term contracts to ease the fuel crisis under government proposals announced at the weekend due to poor working conditions in the industry, a union official in Europe has warned.

aThe EU workers we speak to will not go to the UK for a short-term visa to help the UK out of the shit they created themselves,a said Edwin Atema, the head of research and enforcement at the Netherlands-based FNV union, which represents drivers across the bloc.

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Patisserie Valerie auditors fined APS2.3m over aserious lack of competencea
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 08:30:55 GMT
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FRC says Grant Thornton amissed red flagsa and failed to question information from management

The auditor of Patisserie Valerie has been fined APS2.3m and accused of a aserious lack of competencea over its role in the accounting scandal that led to the collapse of the cafe chain.

Grant Thornton, which served as Patisserie Holdingsa auditor from 2007 until the companyas collapse in early 2019, accepted there were failures in the audit work, including statements around revenue, cash and the companyas fixed assets.

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Climate activists block M25 for sixth time in fortnight over insulation
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:30:19 GMT
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Met arrest 53 protesters, some of whom had glued themselves to tarmac at junction 14 near Heathrow

Dozens of activists from Insulate Britain have defied a high court injunction by staging their sixth roadblock on or near the M25 since 13 September and warned of awave after wave of protestsa to come.

Some of the 53 protesters glued themselves to the tarmac and barriers on a slip road to the M25 at junction 14 near Heathrow at the height of the Monday morning rush-hour.

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aSpiritual medicinea: orchestra helps people with dementia write music
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:34:04 GMT
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Suburb where Shameless was filmed is now home to Manchester Camerata, which is intent on serving the community

On paper, it may seem like an odd pairing: the Manchester Camerata, one of Europeas most renowned orchestras, and Gorton, the tough Manchester suburb where Shameless was filmed.

Though a APS100m regeneration project has bulldozed the boarded-up shops and grotty maisonettes that formed the backdrop to the chaotic Channel 4 show, the area is still among Englandas poorest. Almost 29% of Gortonians claim unemployment benefit, twice the English average. A disproportionate number of residents are in poor health and life expectancy is about five years shorter than the England average.

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Francis Bacon estate implies artistas friend created parts of Tate collection
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 05:00:32 GMT
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New book says many pieces in Barry Joule Archive bear ascant resemblancea to artistas work, but donor insists they are real

The Estate of Francis Bacon has launched an astonishing personal attack on Barry Joule, one of the artistas friends, and the vast collection he donated to the Tate in 2004 a even implying that he created works himself.

In publishing a damning study of the Barry Joule Archive (BJA), it quotes a Tate curator saying that athe hand/s that applied the marks to the material may not have included Bacon to any substantial degreea.

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Aldi to create 2,000 jobs in APS1.3bn UK expansion plan
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:04:24 GMT
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Discount supermarket is not expecting supply disruption as it directly employs most of its drivers

Aldi will create 2,000 jobs and open another 100 stores across the UK over the next two years as part of a APS1.3bn plan to take a larger share of the British grocery market.

The German discounter played down the impact of the UKas supply chain crisis on its stores, saying Aldi was insulated from the shortage of HGV drivers because it directly employed most of its drivers and benefited from a more local supply chain. The chain is not expecting disruption for customers in the run-up to Christmas, said Giles Hurley, Aldias UK and Ireland chief executive.

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ICC asked to relaunch inquiry into Taliban and IS awar crimesa
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:14:32 GMT
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Move shows courtas determination to investigate contemporary as well as past crimes against humanity

The international criminal courtas new prosecutor has asked the court to relaunch an inquiry into alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Taliban and supporters of Islamic State in Afghanistan since 2003.

The move by Karim Khan shows a determination to use international law to investigate not only past but also contemporary crimes against humanity. The Hague-based ICC has notified the Taliban via Afghanistanas embassy in the Netherlands that it intends to resume an investigation.

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Richard Gere may testify in Matteo Salvini trial over rescue ship standoff
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:23:07 GMT
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Actor helped deliver food to people onboard NGO vessel that was refused entry to Italian port by then minister

Richard Gere has agreed to testify against Italyas far-right former interior minister Matteo Salvini, who is standing trial for refusing to let a Spanish migrant rescue ship dock in an Italian port in 2019.

Prosecutors in Sicily have accused Salvini of dereliction of duty and kidnapping for blocking the NGO vessel Open Arms from docking in August 2019 as part of his closed-ports policy. Onboard were 147 people rescued in the Mediterranean. During the standoff, as the ship was anchored off the island of Lampedusa, some people threw themselves overboard in desperation.

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More public figures expected to turn off Facebook comments after Australian defamation ruling
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:49:53 GMT
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Other politicians and high-profile people likely considering following Tasmanian premier in switching off comments, defamation law professor says

The Tasmanian premier Peter Gutweinas decision not to allow comments on some Facebook posts is likely just the beginning of the broader ramifications of a high court decision on liability for third-party comments on social media, according to one defamation law expert.

Earlier this month, Fairfax and News Corp lost a bid in the high court to escape liability for allegedly defamatory comments posted on their Facebook pages in response to articles about Dylan Voller, whose mistreatment in the Northern Territoryas Don Dale youth detention centre led to a royal commission.

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Online child abuse survey finds third of viewers attempt contact with children
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:01:32 GMT
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Largest major survey of its kind finds 70% of respondents first saw child sexual abuse material when they were under 18

The largest major survey of people who watch online child sexual abuse has found that one-third of respondents attempted to directly contact a child as a result of the illegal images they watched online.

The survey, by Protect Children, a Finnish human rights group, was posted on the adark weba so users would find it while actively searching for illegal content of children. The analysis was based on more than 5,000 people who responded initially to the survey about why and how they watched children being abused online, although 10,000 responses have been received so far.

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Japan urged to abolish third-party consent from abortion law
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 08:30:07 GMT
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Restrictions amount to asexual assaulta on women by Japanese state, say rights campaigners

Womenas health campaigners have urged Japanas government to amend a law that forces married women to seek consent from their husbands before they can have an abortion.

Japan is one of only 11 countries that require third-party consent for abortions, despite calls to end the practice by the World Health Organization and other groups.

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Gastro hub: Macron creates centre of excellence for French food
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:47:17 GMT
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President says aim is to promote culinary traditions and prepare chefs aas athletesa to win prizes

The French have long made a meal over what they eat, even if the culinary ritual that starts with an aperitif, proceeds through at least four courses with bread and wine and finishes with a digestif is rarely an everyday event.

Now, having persuaded the United Nations to add the countryas renowned gastronomy to the grandly named aintangible cultural heritage of humanitya, Emmanuel Macron has said he is creating a acentre of excellencea to promote Franceas culinary traditions.

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Biden to receive Covid booster shot at White House later aA US politics live
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:37:14 GMT
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Joe Biden is scheduled to get his Covid-19 booster shot this afternoon at 1pm, the White House announced this morning. Biden will also be giving remarks upon getting his booster shot.

NEW: The President will receive his COVID booster shot at 1pm this afternoon.

To put some context to why this weekas negotiations among Democrats are so important, letas take a look at Joe Bidenas most recent approval ratings.

Last week, Gallup reported Bidenas lowest approval rating of his presidency, dropping to 43%, with 53% now disapproving of the president, according to a survey distributed at the beginning of the month.

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Almost half a million US households lack indoor plumbing: aThe conditions are inhumanea
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:30:37 GMT
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Renters and people of color are most likely to be living without water or flushing toilets in some of Americaas wealthiest cities, new research shows

Yan Yu Lin and her seven-year-old daughter live in a tight studio in San Franciscoas Chinatown, in a century-old building where 60 or so residents on each floor share a bathroom.

Along the back wall of the room is a plastic potty a the kind designed for toilet training toddlers. The shared bathrooms are out of order so often, so rank and unhygienic, that Lin has her daughter use the plastic potty instead. aItas safer,a she said.

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Germany election: SPD wins narrow victory as Merkel era ends in near-deadlock
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 03:55:38 GMT
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Social Democrats edge out Christian Democrats, according to preliminary results, but tight finish leaves third-placed Green party as kingmaker

Germany is set for weeks or even months of protracted coalition talks after the race to succeed Angela Merkel after 16 years in power failed to produce a clear winner, with the centre-left Social Democrats just ahead of the centre-right conservative alliance according to official returns.

Preliminary results released on the election commissionas website showed that the Social Democrats (SPD) led by Olaf Scholz had won the largest share of the vote at 25.7%.

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Cop26 climate talks will not fulfil aims of Paris agreement, key players say
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 05:00:31 GMT
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Major figures privately admit summit will fail to result in pledges that could limit global heating to 1.5C

Vital United Nations climate talks, billed as one of the last chances to stave off climate breakdown, will not produce the breakthrough needed to fulfil the aspiration of the Paris agreement, key players in the talks have conceded.

The UN, the UK hosts and other major figures involved in the talks have privately admitted that the original aim of the Cop26 summit will be missed, as the pledges on greenhouse gas emissions cuts from major economies will fall short of the halving of global emissions this decade needed to limit global heating to 1.5C.

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EU lorry drivers will not help Britain ease its fuel crisis, union says
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:53:13 GMT
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Official from Dutch-based FNV criticises visa plan as adead enda due to poor working conditions

HGV drivers from the European Union will not come to the UK on short-term contracts to ease the fuel crisis under government proposals announced at the weekend due to poor working conditions in the industry, a union official in Europe has warned.

aThe EU workers we speak to will not go to the UK for a short-term visa to help the UK out of the shit they created themselves,a said Edwin Atema, the head of research and enforcement at the Netherlands-based FNV union, which represents drivers across the bloc.

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China to limit abortions for anon-medical purposesa
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 05:13:23 GMT
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Government says clampdown is aimed at improving womenas reproductive health, but it comes amid anxiety about the nationas falling birth rate

China will reduce the number of abortions performed for anon-medical purposesa, the countryas cabinet announced in new guidelines issued on Monday.

The state council said action would also be taken to avoid unwanted pregnancies and to encourage men to ashare responsibilitya in preventing them. Authorities aim to improve sex education and strengthen post-abortion and post-childbirth family planning services, the ruling body added.

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Liz Cheney fires back at Trump and says she was wrong to oppose gay marriage
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:23:30 GMT
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Congresswoman tweets response to bizarre insult before telling CBS how she plans to fight Trumpists in re-election battle

One of the less dignified spats in US politics has rumbled onwards as the Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney responded to a bizarre insult from Donald Trump.

Related: aHe knows he losta: Georgia Republican opposes Trump before rally in Perry

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South Korean president suggests ban on eating dog meat
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:39:56 GMT
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Moon Jae-in, a dog-lover, says atime has comea for traditional practice to end

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, has raised banning the eating of dogs in the country, his office said, a traditional practice that is becoming an international embarrassment.

The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine with about 1 million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined as more people embrace the animals as companions rather than livestock.

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Facebook pauses work on Instagram Kids after teen mental health concerns
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:26:10 GMT
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Move follows WSJ revelations that Facebook-commissioned research showed Instagram could affect girlsa mental health

Facebook has halted work on its Instagram Kids project after revelations about the photo-sharing appas impact on teen mental health.

Instagram said it was apausinga work to address concerns raised by parents, experts and regulators. The move follows revelations in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Facebook had commissioned research showing Instagram could affect girlsa mental health on issues such as body image and self-esteem.

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Richard Gere may testify in Matteo Salvini trial over rescue ship standoff
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:23:07 GMT
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Actor helped deliver food to people onboard NGO vessel that was refused entry to Italian port by then minister

Richard Gere has agreed to testify against Italyas far-right former interior minister Matteo Salvini, who is standing trial for refusing to let a Spanish migrant rescue ship dock in an Italian port in 2019.

Prosecutors in Sicily have accused Salvini of dereliction of duty and kidnapping for blocking the NGO vessel Open Arms from docking in August 2019 as part of his closed-ports policy. Onboard were 147 people rescued in the Mediterranean. During the standoff, as the ship was anchored off the island of Lampedusa, some people threw themselves overboard in desperation.

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In search of aLithium Valleya: why energy companies see riches in the California desert
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:00:37 GMT
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Firms say whatas underneath the Salton Sea could fuel a green-energy boom. But struggling residents have heard such claims before

Standing atop a pockmarked red mesa, Rod Colwell looks out at an expanse of water that resembles a thin blue strip on the horizon. The Salton Sea, Californiaas largest lake, has come and gone at least five times in the last 1,300 years, most recently in 1905, when floodwaters from the Colorado River refilled its basin.

A mid-century resort destination, the lake has since become an environmental disaster zone. Its waters, long fed by pesticide-laden runoff from nearby farms, have been steadily evaporating, exposing a dusty shoreline that kicks up lung-damaging silt into the surrounding communities of the Imperial Valley, where rates of asthma are alarmingly high.

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River otter attacks baffle authorities in Anchorage, Alaska
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:00:33 GMT
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Officials say acare will be taken to remove only animals exhibiting unusual behaviorsa after woman, boy and dog are bitten

Residents of Anchorage, Alaska, used to living alongside moose and bear now face a threat from a more diminutive creature: the humble river otter.

Related: Always a bigger fish: Florida scientists seek new angle on shark depredation

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Paraguay on the brink as historic drought depletes river, its life-giving artery
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:00:36 GMT
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Severe drought that began in late 2019 continues to punish the region while experts say climate change and deforestation may be intensifying the phenomenon

In the shadow of towering grain silos that line the bank of the River ParanA!, South Americaas second-longest waterway, Lucas Krivenchuk stands watching workers rush to load a barge with soybeans.

aTwelve barges had to leave today, but only six will make it out: thereas no time, the wateras dropping too fast,a said Krivenchuk, general manager of the Trociuk private port in southern Paraguay. aItas the first time that any have left in two months.a

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Race to the bottom: the disastrous blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:59:25 GMT
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One of the largest mining operations ever seen on Earth aims to despoil an ocean we are only barely beginning to understand

A short bureaucratic note from a brutally degraded microstate in the South Pacific to a little-known institution in the Caribbean is about to change the world. Few people are aware of its potential consequences, but the impacts are certain to be far-reaching. The only question is whether that change will be to the detriment of the global environment or the benefit of international governance.

In late June, the island republic of Nauru informed the International Seabed Authority (ISA) based in Kingston, Jamaica of its intention to start mining the seabed in two yearsa time via a subsidiary of a Canadian firm, The Metals Company (TMC, until recently known as DeepGreen). Innocuous as it sounds, this note was a starting gun for a resource race on the planetas last vast frontier: the abyssal plains that stretch between continental shelves deep below the oceans.

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Fancy hunting a kangaroo? Or a zebra? In Texas, you can pay to play
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 08:00:35 GMT
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In acanneda hunts, captive animals are shot for meat and trophies but ranchers say they need to make money and exotic animals offer a steady revenue

In the rolling expanse of rural west Texas, a Southern white rhinoceros named Killian has learned to come when heas called. Killian stands there like a big fat puppy, hoping someone will dare to pet him. He and his rhino companion, Sebastian, like rubdowns far better than treats.

We are standing on Ox Ranch, a more than 18,000-acre property in Texas crawling with exotic animals. Some are gunned down by paying guests for trophies. Others, like Killian and Sebastian, live here just for show. There are an estimated 8,000 animals on the land a but if CEO Jason Molitor has to pick his favorites, itas the two rhinos.

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The US has terrible family policies. How do expats fare abroad?
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:00:33 GMT
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Three American families in three countries are delighted to find more generous leave and support in their new homes

Congress is expected to vote soon on legislation that could reshape the US social safety net by making childcare more affordable and introducing paid parental, medical and caregiving leave.

It would be a dramatic overhaul in a county where parents are often expected to return to work soon after giving birth and spend on average more than $9,000 a year on childcare. But some Americans have already experienced versions of the proposed policies because they live abroad.

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aGreat grandma went to the Met Galaa: woman identifies A$AP Rockyas quilt
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:45:46 GMT
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Quilt-style cape worn by rapper and designed by Eli Russell Linnetz was based on great grandmother Maryas design

A quilt worn by the rapper A$AP Rocky to the Met Gala in New York this month turned out to have a heartwarming story.

Attending the exclusive gala with the pop star Rihanna, A$AP Rocky wore a quilt-style cape designed by Eli Russell Linnetz.

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John Oliver: aWe need to end the filibustera to protect voting rights
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:30:12 GMT
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The Last Week Tonight host explains the wave of restrictions that target minority voters and calls on Democratic lawmakers to protect the right to vote

John Oliver excoriated the wave of voting restrictions passed by several states since the 2020 elections on Last Week Tonight, as well as the reluctance among prominent Democrats, including Joe Biden, to do anything to protect the right to vote.

Just this year, 18 states have enacted 30 restrictive laws, including Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona, where Bidenas combined margin of victory was less than 43,000 votes. aIf they had gone the other way, Trump would still be president right now,a said Oliver, awhich means Covid would be even worse, wead be at war with, I donat know, letas say Luxembourg, and wead all be living under Attorney General My Pillow Guy. I know things are bleak right now, but depressingly, itas also important to remember: this is technically the better timeline.a

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Planting a vision: why the secret to rewilding success is about people, not trees
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:01:38 GMT
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How do you persuade farmers and the local community to join one of Scotlandas biggest land restoration projects? Call in a psychologist

A hunter, conservationist and psychologist are working on a rewilding project. It sounds like the start of a joke, though the antics of this unlikely trio have not ended in a punchline but one of the UKas largest land restoration projects.

They have been collaborating on the Affric Highlands scheme, which covers an array of woodlands, peatlands, montane, river and coastal habitats between the west coast of Scotland and Loch Ness. The aim of the project, announced this week, is to rewild half a million acres (200,000 hectares) of land a by rewilding the people who live in it.

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Gastro hub: Macron creates centre of excellence for French food
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:47:17 GMT
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President says aim is to promote culinary traditions and prepare chefs aas athletesa to win prizes

The French have long made a meal over what they eat, even if the culinary ritual that starts with an aperitif, proceeds through at least four courses with bread and wine and finishes with a digestif is rarely an everyday event.

Now, having persuaded the United Nations to add the countryas renowned gastronomy to the grandly named aintangible cultural heritage of humanitya, Emmanuel Macron has said he is creating a acentre of excellencea to promote Franceas culinary traditions.

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How the US vaccine effort derailed and why we shouldnat be surprised
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:00:33 GMT
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Low vaccine rates may be the predictable outcome subject to entrenched social forces that have diminished American health and life expectancy since the 1980s, health researchers say

Dr Claudia Feganas patient was a congenial, articulate and unvaccinated 27-year-old deli worker who contracted Covid-19 and became so ill he required at-home oxygen treatments.

Now recuperating, he told his doctor his 64-year-old boss had been vaccinated, and she too was sickened with a abreakthrougha case. However, she only had mild symptoms.

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Judge rules in Wisconsin teenas favor after sheriff threatened jail over Covid post
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:19:11 GMT
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Sheriffas deputy violated free speech protections when he asked Amyiah Cohoon, 16, to remove post about virus that aupseta parents

A federal judge ruled that a Wisconsin sheriff violated free speech protections guaranteed by the first amendment when he asked a teen to remove an Instagram post about Covid-19 that aupseta local parents in March last year.

Related: How the US vaccine effort derailed and why we shouldnat be surprised

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Covid live news: UK records 40 more deaths and 37,960 new cases; Japan to lift state of emergency
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:12:27 GMT
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UK records 40 coronavirus-linked deaths in the past 24 hours; Japan to lift Covid state of emergency in all regions at the end of September

Meanwhile, Italy has reported 45 more coronavirus-related deaths on Monday compared to 44 the day before, its health ministry said.

It comes as the countryas daily tally of new infections fell to 1,772 from 3,099, Reuters reported.

The UK has recorded a further 40 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the latest government data.

It marks a decrease in the daily deaths figure, after 58 deaths were reported on Sunday. However, 37,960 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours a up from 32,417 on Sunday.

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My father was brutally killed by the Taliban. The US ignored his pleas for help | Muska Najibullah
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 01:00:26 GMT
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I am the daughter of a former Afghan president. I am sharing my story for the first time because I see history repeating itself

  • Muska Najibullah is an Afghan-born writer, visual storyteller and activist

The night of 27 September 1996 was always going to be a long one. I was awake studying for midterm exams when my mother, calm but uneasy, heard the news that my father had been taken out of the United Nations compound in Kabul.

I was ecstatic at first. My father, Najibullah, the former president of Afghanistan, would finally be reunited with his family. He, along with my uncle, had been living in the UN compound since 16 April 1992, when forces within his government had defected. His resignation and departure was part of a UN plan, intended to end the civil war and clear the way for a peaceful coalition government. But the resulting power vacuum quickly sucked Afghanistan into a vortex of anarchy.

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Employees are accepting pay cuts to keep working from home. They shouldnat | Tayo Bero
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:15:37 GMT
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Working from home has made life easier for many people. But easier or more convenient working conditions shouldnat come at a cost to workers; they should simply be a part of good corporate practice

After months of remote work, many Americans are less than thrilled at the prospect of returning to the office. Despite the efforts of many employers and government officials to bring people back into the physical workplace, the last thing many employees who are at home want to do is start commuting again.

What is surprising, though, is just how much some workers are willing to surrender to their employers in order to keep the remote work arrangement going. A recent GoodHire study found that 61% of survey respondents would be willing to take a pay cut to maintain remote working status. Seventy percent of those surveyed also said that they would forfeit benefits like health insurance, paid time off and retirement accounts in order to keep working remotely.

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Europe is losing its moral compass a how will it find its way without Merkel? | Marion Van Renterghem
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:00:38 GMT
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The pragmatic chancelloras departure will be a turning point not only for Germany but also the EU

During a farewell tour of European heads of state and government this summer, Angela Merkel went to see the Queen. The few filmed minutes of her arrival in Windsor are irresistible. On one side, the Queen in a green floral dress, her smile controlled by centuries of code and tradition. On the other, a shy-seeming woman in trousers and purple jacket, nodding her head too many times, trying to observe the correct rituals for greeting a monarch. Elizabeth and Angela: two opposite worlds, two entirely different functions, and yet, similarities. Those boring speeches no one dares to make any more. That style, that calm, that stability and that way of embodying their countries.

Merkel now embodies more than Germany; she embodies Europe. Sheas a pop icon, who has entered our consciousness like a song. Mugs, T-shirts and even lemon squeezers are sold in her image. But her rise and longevity remain a mystery. How could this woman, so strangely indifferent to the trappings of power, take over a party held for half a century by conservative males, and then be elected four times in a row to lead one of the worldas great powers? How did she become such a role model that a schoolboy once asked her in all innocence: aCan a boy also become chancellor?a

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Inhumanity on the border forces NBA players to question if the US has changed
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:00:36 GMT
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Basketball players were among those who campaigned to remove Donald Trump from office. But clear injustices in America still remain

aWe want fair treatment for Haitian refugeesa.

Those are the words NBA hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo used when I asked him about the Haitian refugees being brutalized and subject to mass deportations at the US-Mexico border. Itas a statement that shouldnat need any more explanation in a country that once said: aGive me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe freea.

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The decline and fall of Ben Roethlisberger is finally upon us
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:29:34 GMT
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The Pittsburgh Steelers hoped the quarterbackas experience and savvy would be enough for one final playoff run. That theory looks seriously misguided

The only thing more painful than moving on from a franchise quarterback too quickly is holding on to one too long.

Three weeks into the season, it has become painfully clear that the Pittsburgh Steelers miscalculated in bringing back Ben Roethlisberger for one final ride. The future Hall of Famer is well and truly cooked. And now the Steelers, who are 1-2 after losing to the Bengals on Sunday, are staring down the prospect of finishing last in their division for the first time since 1988.

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Barcelona rediscover Ansu Fati a and hope a when they most need to | Sid Lowe
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:03:40 GMT
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The club needed some light and the 18-year-oldas goal 323 days after suffering a knee injury provided plenty of it

Hope appeared on a Sunday afternoon, light let in at last. Just that smile would have been enough, the look of this kid stepping back on to the pitch 323 days later, taking it all in like it was the first time; the look of every kid everywhere stepping into a football stadium for the first time, overwhelmed yet inspired, at once tiny and huge.

Ansu Fati though doesnat do enough and doesnat do waiting, so there was more. The youngest player ever to score for Barcelona and for Spain, the boy who found the net 111 seconds into his first Camp Nou start, finally headed back out there on the day he said was like a debut and by the time he came off again he had another goal.

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Kyrie Irving absent from Nets media day as questions over vaccine status emerge
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:38:02 GMT
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  • League facing questions about unvaccinated players
  • Irving has liked social media posts promoting debunked theories

The first signs that the NBA may have a vaccine problem on its hands have emerged after one of the leagueas biggest stars, the Brooklyn Netsa Kyrie Irving, did not attend his teamas media day.

Irvingas exact vaccination status is unconfirmed but according to Rolling Stone he has liked social media posts that suggests shadowy cabals are aimplanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for aa plan of Satan.aa New York City laws state that anyone entering a sports arena or other aindoor gyms and fitness settingsa must show proof of at least one Covid-19 shot.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekendas action
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:00:34 GMT
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Partey makes Arsenal tick, did Klopp cost Liverpool, and have Spurs seen the best of Kane?

With 34 minutes gone , Harry Kane tripped over the ball and tanked back after it, catching up with play just in time to feed Bukayo Saka for Arsenalas third goal, thereby enshrining one of the great derby humiliations. This was nothing more than Kane deserved because while thereas something wrong about someone being forced to work somewhere against their will, it was he who signed a six-year contract with no release clause, and he who mistakenly thought an act of impotent petulance would faze the gameas most stubborn nihilist. Consequently it was hard not to enjoy the karma police catching up with him. Doubtless heall rebound from the disappointment a heas too good not to a but he was once able to refocus games of this ilk to become all about him, a quality that might just have escaped him for good. Spurs may come to regret keeping him as much as he already regrets staying with them. Daniel Harris

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How Emma Raducanu prevents one mistake from leading to another | Sean Ingle
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:00:34 GMT
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New research into performance under pressure among tennis players shows the biggest names do not just rise to the occasion on the biggest points

Emma Raducanu is already proving a master of changing the narrative. At Wimbledon some questioned her temperament after she pulled out of her fourth-round match with breathing difficulties. Two months on, those critics were made to eat their words after her stunning US Open victory in the Big Apple.

She was at it again at a homecoming event at the National Tennis Centre on Friday, showing her ruthless side by revealing she had dispensed with the services of her coach in New York, Andrew Richardson. Of course, it was the right decision. Richardson was on a short-term contract and has little experience of the WTA tour. And, even at 18, Raducanu is old enough to know that fairytales can soon be shredded by the cut-throat world of professional sport.

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Amir Khan feels removal from American Airlines flight aracially motivateda
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:58:43 GMT
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Boxer feels he and colleague were picked on as atwo Asian boysa a week after the 20th anniversary of the 9/11

The British professional boxer Amir Khan has said he felt his removal from an American Airlines flight in the US was racially motivated.

Khan, who was born and raised in Bolton by his Pakistani parents, said he and his colleague were apicked ona because they were atwo Asian boysa and it was a week after the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US.

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The Pegasus project: hacked in London a podcast
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 02:00:28 GMT
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The tragic story of Alaa Al-Siddiq has further exposed the extent of how powerful Pegasus spyware has been used against human rights activists even once they have fled their home country

Back in July the Guardian, along with a number of international partners, revealed how a powerful spyware tool called Pegasus created by an Israeli company and sold to governments around the world was being used against journalists, human rights workers and politicians.

We had a leak a a database of 50,000 phone numbers a giving clues as to who some of those victims could be. We spent months trying to match the leaked phone numbers to real people and one of those matches came in the last weeks of the investigation: Alaa Al-Siddiq, a dissident from the United Arab Emirates, who had asylum in London.

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aShe went her own waya: the tragic and unusual life of folk singer Karen Dalton
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:54:00 GMT
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In a new documentary, the underrated singeras life of depression, addiction and poverty is told while her incredible talents are celebrated

The outlines of the life led by singer Karen Dalton tell a heartbreaking tale. It was one scarred by consistent poverty, intermittent homelessness, bouts of depression and escalating alcohol and drug addiction, culminating in her death from Aids at 55. Yet, to Robert Yapkowitz, who co-directed a new documentary with Richard Peete titled Karen Dalton: In My Own Time, athereas an inspirational element to her story. Karen was an artist who didnat compromise. She made music that she was proud of with the people she loved. And that was the focus of her life.a

Related: Beatles on the brink: the truth about the Fab Fouras final days

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aYou have to be a control freaka: Mike Leigh on 50 years of film-making
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 05:00:32 GMT
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At 78, with three Baftas and a Palme daOr under his belt, the director still sees himself as an outsider. He talks about Hollywoodas obsession with big names, his determination to portray areal peoplea a and being accused of pretension

Interviewing Mike Leigh is a daunting prospect, not because of his intimidatingly central plinth in the pantheon of British cinema a well, maybe a bit of that a but because he is extremely exacting. You just couldnat work the way he does a his scripts are improvised, not written, resting on collaboration, trust, instinct, bravery a without weighing every word, cross-examining every sentence. Otherwise it would just be baggy. He takes this perfectionism into every interview, every conversation: Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh, a close textual and visual reading of his lifeas work by Amy Raphael, reissued next month, bristles with this energy.

Then thereas the incredible range of his output: since 1971, he has not just been making films and TV dramas, but breaking and recasting the expectations of form and genre. It bugs him when people always talk about the same few works a Abigailas Party, Life Is Sweet, Secrets & Lies a and neglect the films of which he is equally proud a Peterloo, or Meantime, a magnificent 1983 exploration of the hard edges of Thatcherism, which maybe didnat launch, but certainly put a rocket under, the careers of Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. The British Film Institute (BFI) has a retrospective this autumn that includes every film he has ever made a aincluding the Play for Todaysa, he says, as if the world has finally recognised that you have to watch them all, like film-PokA(c)mon a and a remastered Naked, which will go on general release in November.

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Vendetta: Netflixas chilling mafia show is The Sopranos meets Tiger King
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:22:16 GMT
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Fifteen years in the making, this is the true-crime tale of the tiny Sicilian TV station that took on the mob a and even when the death threats were constant, they stayed on air

Whether deliberate or not, the release of new Netflix series Vendetta: Truth, Lies and the Mafia very neatly coincides with that of the Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark. But while the latter is an offshoot of a TV show that went out of its way to deglamorise the mob, compared with this new documentary it stinks of Hollywood artifice. Indeed, there is a bracing lack of romance here; rather, it is a slow procession of old, tired men and women smoking indoors, worn down by the relentlessness of it all.

Vendetta tells the story of Telejato, a tiny, local Sicilian television station that made its name with a virulently anti-mafia stance. Fronted by Pino Maniaci a a small, chainsmoking man with a moustache so huge it makes him look like a Pixar character a Telejato news bulletins often took to calling out specific members of the mob directly. It wasnat entirely unexpected to see Maniaci spit: aYou pieces of shit,a while jabbing his finger at the camera, which you have to admit isnat something you would expect from Huw Edwards.

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From minimalist to menocore! The 21 biggest style tribes of 2021
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:02:44 GMT
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Canat tell your angelcore from your mermaidcore? Struggling with the very concept of pastel goths? Weare here to help

Once upon a time, fashion subcultures were simple: you could see skaters, ravers and goths all milling around your local branch of Woolworths of a Saturday afternoon. But now the style tribes have moved online, and are more likely to be dressing up for TikTok and Instagram than the shops.

There has also been a bigger change: a splintering and multiplying, with fantasy and dress-up coming to the fore. It used to be easy to recognise a punk, for example, but now there are forestpunks, icepunks and even lunarpunks. If all this has your head spinning, let us cut through the confusion.

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Tony awards 2021: Moulin Rouge! triumphs in a Broadway celebration
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 04:06:05 GMT
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The adaptation of Baz Luhrmannas musical picked up 10 awards in a ceremony that also acted as a comeback for New York theatre

Moulin Rouge! swept the board at the 2021 Tony awards, picking up 10 trophies during a ceremony that also acted as a celebration of the return of Broadway.

The adaptation of Baz Luhrmannas 2001 Oscar-winning musical, which reopened on 24 September, became the first Australian-produced show to win a Tony for best musical, beating Jagged Little Pill and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

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How we met: aIt was love at first sight a for mea
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:00:38 GMT
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Frances, 70, and Rien, 68, met on a European exchange visit in 1972. Having brought up their family in England, they now live in the Dordogne, France

When Frances finished school, she took a college course in cartography, the study of maps. By May 1972, she had found a job as a cartographer with the civil service. As part of her work, she went to Delft in the Netherlands to visit the Dutch equivalent of Ordnance Survey. At the time, Kingston upon Thames (where she had studied) was twinned with Delft, a city in South Holland, and residents of the two regions were encouraged to do exchange visits, where they would stay with local families to get to know the area. Frances agreed to go, even thought she was terrified. aI was 20 and it was my first time out of the country. I didnat speak a word of Dutch,a she says.

Frances soon discovered she would be staying with Rien, who lived with his parents and siblings. When she arrived at the town hall, he was there to pick her up. They were introduced by the mayor of Kingston and the burgemeester of Delft. aMy instant reaction was that she was beautiful and I needed to get to know her. It was love at first sight for me,a he says. She was grateful that he was able to speak English and over the course of the next week a friendship blossomed. aHe was friendly and handsome, but it was just friendship for me at first,a she says. aIam more pragmatic than romantic.a

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ICC asked to relaunch inquiry into Taliban and IS awar crimesa
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:14:32 GMT
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Move shows courtas determination to investigate contemporary as well as past crimes against humanity

The international criminal courtas new prosecutor has asked the court to relaunch an inquiry into alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Taliban and supporters of Islamic State in Afghanistan since 2003.

The move by Karim Khan shows a determination to use international law to investigate not only past but also contemporary crimes against humanity. The Hague-based ICC has notified the Taliban via Afghanistanas embassy in the Netherlands that it intends to resume an investigation.

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Earthquake strikes Crete, killing man and damaging buildings
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:59:30 GMT
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Residents sent fleeing into the streets and schools evacuated from quake on Greek island

The Greek island of Crete has been hit by an earthquake killing one man and injuring 20, while damaging homes and churches and causing rock slides near the countryas fourth-largest city.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8, sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion, and schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks a described by witnesses as feeling like small explosions a rattled the area, adding to damage in villages near the centre of the quake.

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aItall kill mea: Zimbabwe counts cost of rise in illicit alcohol use
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:00:34 GMT
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Lack of jobs and Covid lockdowns fuel boom in cheap but lethal hooch made in backyard stills

It is 7pm and inside the shebeen, or unlicensed bar, in Harare, men and women clutch small bottles of awhiskya and talk animatedly as they dance to loud music.

One man staggers and falls over, to the amusement of other drinkers. He mumbles inaudible words as he drifts into sleep. Nearby, two other men doze after spending hours in the bar on a sweltering September day.

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Dutch PM given extra security amid fears of drug gang attack
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:32:00 GMT
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aSpottersa were seen scoping out movements of Mark Rutte, who cycles to work in The Hague

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, who cycles to work in The Hague, has reportedly been given extra personal security in response to raised fears of a kidnapping or attack by organised crime.

The decision was made after aspottersa were seen scoping out Rutteas movements, raising concerns about a possible move by one of the countryas drug gangs.

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French police face action over failures in case of woman burned to death by husband
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 13:49:09 GMT
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Chahinez Boutaa killed months after telling police her estranged husband had ambushed and beaten her

French police officers are facing disciplinary action over the death of a woman who was shot and burned alive in the street by her estranged husband, weeks after she told police she feared for her life.

Mounir Boutaa allegedly shot his wife, Chahinez, at least twice in the legs yards from her home on the outskirts of Bordeaux in broad daylight in May, before soaking her with petrol and setting light to her as she lay injured on the ground.

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Labour promises to spend APS28bn a year on tackling climate crisis
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:27:21 GMT
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Rachel Reeves aims to be afirst green chancellora as she announces partyas biggest spending pledge to date

Labour would invest APS28bn a year in climate measures to protect Britain from disaster, Rachel Reeves has announced in by far the partyas biggest spending pledge to date.

The amount would quadruple the governmentas current capital investment, and Labour said it would hope to attract a matching sum of private investment in green technologies. In total, the party will commit to spending APS224bn on climate measures over the next eight years.

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Five Palestinians shot dead in gun battles with Israeli troops in West Bank
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 00:53:00 GMT
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Two Israeli soldiers were also seriously wounded after violence erupted when troops tried to arrest suspected Hamas militants

Five Palestinians have been killed after gun battles erupted when Israeli troops conducted a series of raids against suspected Hamas militants across the occupied West Bank.

The fighting on Sunday was the deadliest violence between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the West Bank in several weeks. Two Israeli soldiers were seriously wounded.

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Joe Penhall on Roger Michell: aHis work blazed with a black wit and buoyant humanitya
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:23:38 GMT
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The playwright pays tribute to the directoras complex mind, sophistication and clairvoyant sense of what would work

The colossal heart of Roger Michell stopped beating last week, long before he was done with it. It was one tragic loss too many and his friends and collaborators are inconsolable. In a treacherous business, Rog was one of the very few you could count on. He exemplified loyalty. Once head committed, he was behind you all the way, there would be no cold feet, no self-serving half-truths, career moves or better offers.

He prized new plays because he was more interested in creation than interpretation and had no real interest in drawing attention to himself. He pushed me to keep writing them, certain that a theatre legacy was the best kind, meeting up regularly to will another one out of me like an especially dedicated midwife. He believed theatre was medicinal, the elixir of life. Once he asked me when I was going to write athe big onea and I felt ashamed for keeping him waiting.

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aI think about everyone I savea: the mine clearance hero of Kurdistan
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:00:34 GMT
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Hoshyar Ali has cleared more than 750,000 landmines in 104 villages, despite having lost both legs to landmines. Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the most contaminated countries for landmines and explosive remnants of war, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

A dust cloud trails behind a metallic grey Kia Sportage as it meanders along a rocky dirt road toward the last town on this thoroughfare before reaching the Iraq-Iran border.

People walk along the road, waving at independent deminer Hoshyar Ali as he drives by, recognising him by the red flag on his antenna, indicating the vehicle is transporting explosives, and by the stickers of various landmines on his vehicle.

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Tony awards 2021: Broadway stars hit red carpet and stage a in pictures
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 04:43:14 GMT
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The New York event celebrated the best productions of the 2019-20 season after last yearas ceremony was postponed

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